Chester reservoir


At the Chester Historical Society, we have a 1915 photo of men building the upper reservoir. Prior to this 1915 reservoir, there was a smaller reservoir below. I believe the first reservoir was located about where the current concrete, domed … Continued

Yesterday & Today 2020

Check out our Yesterday & Today section, featuring vintage, historic photos of local towns and buildings. Thank you to our advertisers who supported this section, and to all our local historical societies and those who sent photos in to us … Continued

America’s first plastic

Thermoplastic case open showing Lysander and case label

In recent articles I’ve written some about antique photography. This article is about the “Thermoplastic cases” that housed those antique photos. Many people confuse thermoplastic with gutta-percha. Gutta-percha is made from India rubber. In 1854, Samuel Peck received his patent … Continued

It’s a small world

Shawn Patch

DALLAS – Ron Patch’s son, Shawn Patch, is an archaeologist with New South Associates in Greensboro, N.C. Last week in Dallas, Texas, there was held The Society for American Military Engineers Small Business Conference. This was a show where vendors … Continued

Chester Town Hall


Below is a brief history of Chester Town Hall. Town Hall was built in 1884. It was in 1883 when talk became serious about building a town hall. There was debate where town hall should be built. Some thought it … Continued

The time capsule


Last week, I wrote about John Leon Spaulding’s donation of family diaries to the Chester Historical Society. I estimated there were close to 100. Well, we counted them and there are 120. Below is a story made possible by selecting … Continued

What’s in a diary?


Keeping a diary in the 1800s into the 1900s was a common practice. Most every farmer kept a diary in those days. Many of these diaries record such things as: daily temperature, cut firewood today, boiled today, planted corn, went … Continued

Down the River, Lowell Lake photos exhibits at Custer Sharp House


LONDONDERRY, Vt. – Londonderry Arts and Historical Society’s summer history exhibit opens Saturday, June 22. “Down the River” explores the properties along the West River before the Ball Mountain Dam was built. “Lowell Lake,” where Londonderry’s first home sites were … Continued

A Jeffrey barn plan


The Chester town-owned property commonly referred to today as the Jeffrey barn needs to be torn down. I have a plan for this property. Here I propose a few things that could be done immediately for very little money using … Continued

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